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Skills taught in the Upper Iowa University School of Liberal Arts, like critical thinking and problem solving, benefit everyone’s future career.


The School of Liberal Arts offers a wide range of majors and pre-professional preparation in visual arts, communication studies, criminal justice, English, social and human services, public administration and psychology. Minors include pre-law. Certificate programs also are available in art administration, communication, and psychology.  Associate degrees include criminal justice, liberal arts and psychology. A bachelor of arts in liberal arts allows students to earn a degree with an overall emphasis on any of the majors and courses within the school. Masters programs include the Masters of Public Administration (MPA), Masters of Science in Counseling (MSC) and the Masters of Science in Social Work that is being piloted in Waterloo.

Undergraduate Majors

Associate of Arts Degrees

Certificate Programs

Undergraduate Minors

  • Art
  • Art History
  • Communication Studies
  • Creative Writing 
  • Criminal Justice
  • English 
  • Graphic Design
  • History
  • Journalism
  • Political Science
  • Pre-Law
  • Psychology
  • Sociology
  • Spanish

Graduate Programs

Heart of a city

While pursuing a career as a criminal defense attorney or judge, 2015 UIU graduate Catherine (Cat) Camic feels she learned more from her experiences on the Fayette campus than she would have at any other college or university located in a larger city.

A career on canvas

’71 graduate Mark Haltof recently returned to work from the UIU Edgar Fine Arts Hall guest studio. Currently working out of his studio in Portland, Maine,  Haltof’s career has included time as a commercial studio artist/art director and later as a freelance art director. 

On the air

Sports communication majors (standing) Amy Bonvillain, Travis Granberg and (seated) MBA student Ryan Bubulka are currently managing the KPCK playlist. KPCK will also carry a full schedule of sports and career services talk shows, and live sports and campus events.